While at Wake, Prosser recruited Olympic point guard Chris Paul. He was also the coach of the Demon Deacons the night that Mike Gansey led a John Beilein-coached West Virginia team over Wake Forest in a 2007 second-round NCAA tournament game, winning 111-105 in double overtime.
When he coached at Xavier, Prosser's teams had a fierce cross-city rivalry with Cincinnati and Bob Huggins. Despite the rivalry, he and Huggins were great friends and remained that way until Prosser died.
Wake Forest radio voice Stan Cotton remembers what made Prosser special.
"Skip always said he never really intended to be a coach or a college coach," said Cotton. "He really just wanted to be a teacher, and he started coaching as a hobby.
"He turned out to be so good at it that he could not give it up. He had an ability that many coaches don't have, but wish they had. He cared about every player and he had the ability to relate to every one of his players. Most coaches don't even try to do that at the Division I level."
Prosser was very well liked in the coaching profession. When he died five years go, it seemed that most head coaches in the eastern United States were at his funeral.
Prosser may have grown up in Pennsylvania and lived in Ohio and North Carolina, but he also considered himself a West Virginian.
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